These pochoir lithograph was created from a drawing by Pablo Picasso from 1942, titled ‘Le Dormeur’. It depicts the sleeping artist observed by his nude model, in the Spaniard’s typically free manner. The sleeping or dreaming character is a recurring motif in Picasso’s oeuvre. The lithograph was made exclusively for Euro Art 1975. This is number 331 from a limited edition of 2000.
The lithograph by Pablo Picasso is in fair condition. The paper is browned and discoloured along the margins, the signature has faded. Lower left the sheet bears the stamped signature ‘Picasso’ and lower right it bears the blind stamp ‘EURO ART’. Verso it is inscribed in print ‘PICASSO – Le Dormeur – 1942’ and ‘© Le Vent d'Arles and SPADEM 1975 – Printed in France’. There is a label with the edition number ‘331’ on the back. The frame shows light signs of age and wear. Framed the work measures 58.5 x 69 cm, the sheet measures 47 x 61 cm.
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
Pablo Ruiz Picasso was born 1881 in the Spanish city of Málaga and first visited the art academy La Llotja in Barcelona. In 1897 he went to Madrid and studied for a short time at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, which he quit without graduating. The artist spent the years around the turn of the century in Paris, where he returned time and again and eventually spent the majority of his lifetime. He established Cubism with his French friend Georges Braque, deeply influencing later avant-garde artists. Picasso left behind an enormous body of work comprising roughly 50,000 artworks, comprising paintings, drawings, graphic art, sculptures and pottery. His 1907 painting Les Demoiselles d’Avignon became the key work of modernism. Already during Picasso’s lifetime, two museums were established in his honour: the Museo Picasso in Barcelona and the Musée Picasso in Antibes in southern France.